Ancient Human Skeleton Discovered at Antikythera Shipwreck

Admin | Published 2016-09-21 01:29
A skeleton said to be 2,100 years old has been discovered at the Antikythera wreck site on Aug.31. A team of archaeologists and oceanographers was investigating the famed wreck when they found a skull with jaw and teeth, arms and legs, ribs and other skeleton remains. According to The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), other parts of the skeletons were left behind but will be excavated later on. WHOI Marine Archeologist, Brendan Foley, said, “Archaeologists study the human past through the objects our ancestors created. With the Antikythera Shipwreck, we can now connect directly with this person who sailed and died aboard the Antikythera ship." The bones’ condition was reported to be “incredible” in Hannes Schroeder’s statement, an expert in ancient DNA at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen. Schroeder went to Antikythera to investigate the discovered bones and determined that they most likely belong to one person, particularly a young man. Since the Antikythera shipwreck was first discovered by divers more than a hundred years ago, different items have been brought to the surface. In 1901, during the first expedition, they have found skeletons of the crew, marble status, and a bronze “computer” nicknamed the Antikythera mechanism. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="347"] The Antikythera Mechanism[/caption]   The so-called Antikythera mechanism contained dials, wheels, and more than 30 gears and was then considered as the most complex item ever discovered from the ancient times. Scientists eventually found out that it showed lunar phases and positions of planets, the sun, and the moon on a given date.
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